Environmentalist seeks action on climate change

Bill McKibben doesn’t give a damn if you buy his latest book. He wants to take on the fossil fuel industry and hold politicians accountable to save the planet. Buying a book he wrote to have it sit on a bookshelf isn’t the change he’s looking for – he’s wants you to do something.

McKibben spoke Sunday to a crowded room of environmental enthusiasts at Burlingame Hall in Sonoma.

It wasn’t a speech particularly focused on his latest book, “Oil and Honey: The Education of An Unlikely Activist,” but rather a call to action in support of 350.org. He founded the organization with seven Middlebury College undergraduates in 2008, including Sonoma native May Boeve.

The group started with a simple question: Is the world getting hotter? They decided it was, and they had to do something about it.

They formed 350.org, with 350 standing for the 350 parts per million that many scientists, climate experts and progressive governments say is the safe maximum level of carbon dioxide to have in the atmosphere. Currently the carbon dioxide level is above the safe zone at 400 parts per million, which must be lowered to return the planet to a healthy state capable of supporting life, proponents believe.

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